Sources: West Ham launch bid to sign £90K-a-week PL striker, £3m will seal deal
West Ham are launching a late bid to sign in-demand Olivier Giroud as they take fresh steps to solved their striker problem, Football Insider has learned.
Manager David Moyes has admitted the Hammers are short of firepower and record signing Sebastien Haller delivered another anonymous display in last night’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club still have a strong interest in Giroud, 33, and will table a multi-million pound loan offer.
Chelsea are ready to loan the France international out for the rest of the season but are seeking a fee of around £3million as well as for his £90,000-a-week wages to be covered.
There has also been interest in Giroud from Tottenham and Newcastle United as well as Serie A duo Inter Milan and Lazio.
But the player is not too interested in joining Newcastle or Lazio, and neither Spurs or Inter have been able to agree the terms of a deal.
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Giroud want the regular football that can help him clinch a place in his country’s Euro 2020 squad.
West Ham want a proven centre-forward and view Giroud as a like-for-like replacement for Andy Carroll, who was released last summer before joining Newcastle United.
Football Insider first revealed West Ham’s interest in Giroud back in November and they are continuing to keep tabs on him.
Giroud fits the bill after scoring 124 goals from 323 matches for Arsenal and Chelsea, with 78 of those strikes coming in the Premier League.